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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,212
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
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Gots: 1,080 | FT: 39
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split two 22oz bombers with a buddy, using a duvel glass. Pours a very dark red thats slightly clear. Decent amount of foam forming at the top of the glass, and lots of lacing on the sides. The very first sip has that alc% grabbing attention, but then it switches into a smooth malty dark fruit taste. Very subtle and mellow flavour. So I think these two bottles have matured a bit since bottling last year. Very decent beer overall, wouldn't say its anything special though. Very easy to drink considering the 10.5%. Not bad.

Photo of kreeper
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is of special character. It is good and it knows it. A bit of a strong smoked fruity bite to it mellowing into a nice hearty roll down your throat smile. Pours dark brown with an offwhite head. It feels so good sliding down to the belly.wow.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Pretty Clear
H. Dark Red
N. Sweet almost like candy then a nice hint of hops lingering around there

Well, this was a beer that I highly anticipated ever since I heard that it was coming out down here this year. All I could think was Stone is making their version of Double Dead Guy (one of my favorites). Well this is probably the fifth time I have sat and drank this beer, but the first time I have actually written while drinking. I love this beer, but it seems like every time I drink it I get something new from it. The inconsistency brings me back every time for an additional sip. Now with that said I think I was pretty wrong in assuming that it was like Double Dead. This beer starts out with a perfect harmony of malt and hops then leaves a bastard of a lingering bitterness on your tongue. I love it. Stone did make this bad boy ready to cellar, and I have had one in that state since November. One of the good things I love about all stone beers is that they never let you down. This is a great beer from a great brewery. Pick it up if you can still find a bottle lying around! Worth a few tries!
Score; 4.3453

Photo of Phade42
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's see if I can write this review before I finish the bottle.

Been eying it in stores for awhile and finally decided to pick one up, along with Stone's 09.09.09 Vertical Epic (after having last year's)... anyway back to the Double Bastard.

Poured to go with a steak and gratin potatoes that I had just made.

A - Pours a deep copper red with a fluffy pale tan head that sat about a half inch over the beer but dissipated pretty quickyl. Like a blazing fireplace, looks warm and inviting.

S - Smells sweet, toasty. The 10.5% ABV definitely hits your nose but not so much that it's offensive. a bit of pine hops and fruity notes.

T - A little harsh up front, with bitter hops pushing through. Finishes sweet. Delicious caramel malts on the after tastes.

M - Heavy, almost cough-syrup consistency with light carbonation. Not offensive, but not what I would call pleasant.

D - I gave drinkability an Average score because I'd probably turn down a second serving without some water or a beer with a less powerful taste/mouthfeel in between. Definitely not a session beer (alcohol content notwithstanding), but not a struggle to get through a glass.

This bottle will definitely go in my collection and I may get another one down the line to age properly in a cellar.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review!

A: Pours a hazy mahogany with an off white head and great lacing. Excellent head retention as well.

S: Very boozy with major citrus and pine hops, along with a hint of fruit.

T: There is so much going on here. First a caramel malt flavor matched with booze and huge presence of hops. The after taste is somewhat fruity and bitter-caramel-like.

M: Heavy and syrupy, yet really smooth. Very boozy, in a good way.

D: Fantastic, but, man, watch out for the ABV.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bastard was one of my first craft loves, as is true with many of us, and so I figured it was finally time to try the big brother. The beer pours a deep reddish brown. Very little head, which was disappointing, though there was some lacing.

The smell was sharp hops, dark fruit, and booze. The combination of the three is a very alluring herbal cocktail. The taste is quite complicated. Paradoxically, Double Bastard is less of a kick in the face than the Arrogant one. The booze is more pronounced, true, but the other flavors are more subdued. It's very clean and bitter and delicious.

I definitely need to find a bottle with a few years on it. This new bottle was so smooth that I can't imagine how sublime a sipper an aged version would be. Nobody would mistake this for a everyday beer, but it's an excellent occasional sipper.

Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany pour, ruby highlights, and a small dense tan head. Smells of dark fruit, citrus, caramel malt, a hint of spice, and a little alcohol. Very complex flavor with lots of intermingling of figs, caramel and and in your face hop bitterness. Nice full body but slightly sticky.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely crafted ale, very smooth, maybe too smooth...

Presentation: 22 Oz bottle. Iconic demon gargoyle with a jar of beer in hand, label reflected into a double image with the name of the brew. Perfunctory long and over the top narrative on the back, somewhat tongue-in-cheek rambling playing on the notion of arrogance and how most will not understand the brew and are not prepared for it. Does show bottling date, (2009 release) and lacks any other info other than Alc. by Vol. (10.5%). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown pour with a generous creamy head, good retention and some nice lacing.

S - Smell is not particularly assertive, It has a nice balance of fruity hints over faint sweet caramel malt notes with a hoppy memory.

T - Sweet malty flavor with some emerging fruity touches, a softly emerging bite comes towards the end to hold it.

M - Fine carbonation on a medium to slightly full body beer. Creamy and smooth feel, with a hoppy texture note at the end.

D - Nicely drinkable, although for such a big brew it feels a tad too smooth, a bit too generic actually...

Notes: Fairly different from the Arrogant Bastard, in particular in how this one is rather smooth, subdued, and almost unassuming for such a boozy brew. Likable but it did not do much for me, at least not on this tasting. Not worthy again... At first I really thought that it was served too cold but letting it warm up left it under the same impression for me. I´m checking other people´s notes and I am thinking if I had a strange mellowed out or late bottle? Batch is from 09, it was not skunked and came from a typically very reliable place so...

Photo of zoolzoo
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle, Duvel snifter

A: Not much of a head, quickly dissipated into some whispy foam. Pours a deep, dark amber color...almost cherry red in spots, actually.

S: Nose is full of bitter hops, some caramel malts, and alot of alcohol.

T: Hops bite first here but without much character except straight up bitterness. Alot of bready and toffee like malts as well, but that bitterness never lets go until long after the sip. Im also getting some wood, definite oak character here. This is a pretty sweet beer, almost cloying as it warms.

Something I find odd.... there is much less alcohol in the taste than the nose alluded to, even as the glass warms. There is some warming though, which isa good thing.

M: Thick, somewhat cloying if you arent in the mood. Fits the style so cant really complain too much. Little carbination.

D: Drinkability suffers given the ABV, mouthfeel, and sweetness of this brew. One bottle is enough for two id say.

This is a solid brew by Stone but not the best. It is, however, more enjoyable than the "regular" Arrogant Bastard offering.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Thick 2 finger cream colored head that lingers quite nicely. Very rich deep dark brown coloring. Very sticky lacing.

S: More hops up front than I recall before and this bottle is 4 months old already. I don't recall smelling any hops in last years batch. A very nice sweet bitterness going on. Having a hard time picking apart the smells here. I am mostly going with bready.

T: Nice bitter maltiness. I swear my palate has really changed. Last one I got was same batch and I detected very minimal hops this and last year. It isn't as in your face as AB. This beer has a very smooth taste. I couldn't even tell you what flavors are going on here. Bready, hoppy and malty. So smooth. Borderlines a stout flavor. Impossible to not love the taste.

M: Spot on! It is so rich, smooth, creamy and decadent on the palate. Carbonation is super mellow. This beer has the best mouthfeel of any I have ever tasted. I never thought mouthfeel was a worthy category til now. I usually just say good carbonation but damn this is nice!

D: It is also the easiest drinking beer I can think of in a long time. I usually don't care for malty beers unless it is a RIS. But this one takes the cake. Still gotta knock off a few due to how strong it is.

This beer never fails to impress the hell out of me. Why not just replace AB with this? I was kind of in a bad mood til I cracked this one open tonight. Now all my annoyances are drifting away. It is one of the most well rounded, balanced, tastiest and easiest drinking beers around.

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark rich copper with red/amber highlights. Big smooth creamy tanned head with good retention. Organic arms of lace.

Herbal and piney, with a bit of citrus. medicinal cherry, nutty, smokey and roasty.

Earthy and roasty, sweet and sticky, caramel and brown sugar, medicinal cherry and bourbon, spicy herbal and pine, a tough of bitter grapefruit. A brutal bitter aftertaste with a booze blast.

Big sticky, and chewy, goes down smooth, dry, and full bodied.

Big sticky bitter boozey brew. Not for wussies. Drinks pretty well for 10%.

Photo of longdivision
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 release. Couldn't wait.
A - This poured an inviting ruby red color. Great, consistent lacing. The head, about an inch-worth, had beige color with with slight reddish/caramel tint. A few tiny, cascading bubbles.

S - Smelled like a Belgian, but was notably sweet, with bready malts. There were also large banana-bread notes.

T - Big malts malts up-frint. on the sweet side with notes of raisins, bread, belgian funk, vanilla, candied fruit. A strong, piney hop bitterness stays with you on the finish. despite that some sweetness still competes against the bitter hops in the finish.

M - Definitely a sipper, smooth. Hops coat the mouth. Sticky as it warms. medium-bodied, but rich.

O - This deserves all the accolades it gets. I should have bought two, so I could age one for later. If you see it, grab it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2007 version, enjoyed for the mere price of 25 Canadian ducats at the one-time only Stone event at Cafe Volo in Toronto.

This beer pours a mostly clear, shiny dark ruby amber hue, with a relatively thin cap of weakly foamy and bubbly beige head, which leaves some wispy, calving iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm caramel, toffee pudding, fig, date, and raisin fruitiness, rather active leafy, piney hops, a soft citrus rind bitterness, and a menthol-friendly booziness. The taste is sweet caramel malt, sugary toffee, stewed raisins, muddled black orchard fruit, a growing earthy mustiness, and some isolated, but welcome all the same citrus and pine hop astringencies coming on a bit later in the game.

The carbonation is quite mild, but at least showing up to be counted for its supportive frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, thick, viscous, and fairly smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess as it warms. It finishes with a thankfully growing hoppiness to quell the steadily overbearing and dense malt, while the resident lofty alcohol remains scarily well-hidden.

It's been a few years since I've had the regular Arrogant Bastard (those words don't seem to mesh all that well together, do they), but this sure is reminiscent of that beer, as a beefed up, but consistent, and challenging older brother. I can see that this otherwise bucolic Sunday afternoon is going to get a bit larry, as I eventually try to suss out a suitable Supa Bowl viewing spot.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a snifter at the Lion's Pride. The beer is a dark ruby hue with a thin head of tan bubbles. It is too dark for me to see inside the glass, but I can see carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. It has a robust malt aroma with hints of toffee and raisin. The flavor has a big malty punch up front and a hop bitterness in the finish that lingers on. There is plenty of sweetness and some alcohol to contend with. I think I can detect tastes of dark fruits, like plum, but it is the malts and alcohol that dominate. It has a medium body that feels thicker due to the thick mouth coat. There isn't much carbonation, as far as I can tell. I wouldn't classify this beer as a sipper, but it also isn't one you want to drink fast. A 22 oz bomber would do any BA nicely. Any more beyond the initial bottle may be too much for a sitting. This beer has some great cellaring potential. I want to review one that's been aged.

Photo of fff
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, rich head, thick lacing all the way down. A wonderful, reddish-brown brew.

S: Hops and burnt wood dominate this beer. It smells a bit of alcohol as well.

T: A masterpiece. Very hoppy with a lot of alcohol taste, with traces f burnt wood mingling. Light carbonation. Aftertaste of bitter earthy tones.

M: Thick and sticky. It has the substance required for a beer of this style.

D: Very good beer, but it may make you sick if you drink too much of it (or drunk too quickly; it packs a punch.)

Photo of mjw2808
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a samuel smiths glass. Very nice dark amber color, nice head, and some of the best lacing ive ever seen. The smell is all hops. Taste is similar, mostly hops but with a malt appearance. Decent mouthfeel, couldnt drink 10 of these in one night, but with 10.5% I wouldnt need to anyway. Good beer, but Id get the arrogant bastard over this.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with a medium tan head

S: Nice hoppy smell with a sweet caramel tone

T: Strong hoppy taste but not overpowering. A surprisingly heavy malt taste with a caramel flavor to it. A very nice balance between hops and malt.

M: Little heat and decent bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D: The alcohol hides well but the bitterness holds back drinakbility

Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 Release.

(A)- Pours a cloudy & murky mahogany amber color that produced a fluffy off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Left some bits of lacing behind.

(S)- Lots of caramel, toffee, & brown sugar with a relatively burn/roasted character in-between the dense sweetness.

(T)- wow, still has a big dry bitterness with a bit of lemon citrus up front. Finishes exactly as the smell was with all that rich & sweet caramel/toffee/brown sugar/ & a little butterscotch.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very big sweetness & richness that is balanced fairly well by the dry hops. My problem is that this has a slight metallic component that turns into a funky wet wood component right in the middle ground; not very pleasant.

(D)- Very reminiscent of an old ale that was blended with an IPA. Perhaps this was aged too long? Whatever the case may be, I still enjoy it, I just think that this would be better fresher in my opinion.

Photo of HopHooligan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yes Liquid Arrogance, the back of the DB bottle tells a great story of how this beer shouldn't be wasted on the weak and it even says if your not a beer geek DO NOT buy this bottle.

A- Deep rich amber/brown color, little foam and little lacing.

S- Has a great hop smell to it, but your nose is instantly filled with a wiskey-esk scent probably from aging. Blends beautifully with a caramel notes as well. The hops/wiskey and caramel is a great combination.

T- Surprisingly smooth for all the smack-talk printed on the back of the bottle. Has malty first sip and a sweet ending. Almost a chocolate/smokey aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, great combination. I think they guys at stone got the perfect body and carbonation for the taste of this beer.

D- If you have enough money to drink this regularly then more power to you. I would drink it more often but it is very pricey. You can barely tell that it is 10.5% ABV. Overall a beer everyone should try once.

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served as a very burnt orange body with a nice cloudiness to it...a big off white head stood about two fingers tall...a sheet of lace was left

S - A big, well balanced blend of bitterness and sweetness...the malts are caramel-ly sweet and the hops are bright and citrusy

T - The balance carries over into the taste...there was a big malt presence that caught me off guard...again they have a caramel flavor to them with a bit of toffee coming through...they pretty much dominate until the end where the hops come in strong and bitter...just as expected from a Stone beer...bright hops stand out with a grapefruit and orange flavor

M - Thick bodied...this one is very chewy and coats the palate nicely...lingers nicely as well

D - The 10.5% is well hidden but you better watch out...too many of these and you'll become a bastard...another great offering from Stone...I would take one of these any day unless I was offered an Arrogant Bastard!

Photo of baos
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at shallos. Served up in a pint glass.

A: Orange golden. Nice lacing and nice head retention.

S: Wow. One of the most aromatic brews I've ever had. Orange blossom honeycomb hops. Pineapple, orange zest, earthy and piny kindbudness.

T: Today I'm a little sensitive to the hoppiness, but on most days this is what I am after. Carmelle maltiness and big piney hoppiness really well balenced.

M: A one

D: Hoppy but good. It really grows on you as it warm in your jar.

Photo of lbaker
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok. I've been wanting this brew ever since I got my hands on my very first arrogant bastard...09' release and here we go...

(a)- Pop the top off and I instantly know I'm in for a trip. Beer pours into pilsner with next to no head. This looks like some wicked stuff. Dark dark carmel color. (4.5/5)

(s)- I don't even know what to say. First sniff of this stuff and I'm hesitant to take a sip. Frangrance is so alive, strong toffee, caramel and pine scents hit the nose. I feel like I've I breathe any deeper I might knock myself out. (5/5)

(t)- Wow. I really can't put my finger on it. Taste is almost even with sensation. Strong toffee, caramel flavors. Something really sweet in there...almost like a hint of pineapple that's growing on a damn pine tree. D-licious (5/5)

(m)- Completely different experience than Arrogant Bastard. It doesnt hit you up front and leave you until the next sip, this beer is here and here to stay. Mouthfell is very unique because I feel like my mouth and tongue are clicking on all cylinders...noting is getting missed. With over 100 IBU's this beer is amazingly smooth, and the bitterness is almost overlooked for all the awesome flavor and feelings. (5/5)

(d)- As far as drinkability goes, if I made a point to, I could probably drink more than 1 of these at a sitting...but 2 would be max. This beer is exceptionaly smooth, much more than AB. This beer was such a suprize...no wonder its a favorite in the Extreme American Ale category. I feel like this brew has far more return qualities than beers with similiar ABV. (4.5/5)

Thank you Stone!!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearamce is dark ruby brown. One finger tan head with very little retention. Aroma is toffee and slight hop pine presence. Alcohol is smooth and covered very well. Taste was caramel and toffee upfront. Very smooth. Taste fades to bitter pine notes from the hops and a slight smokey note. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and extremely smooth. Drinkability is good thanks to how smooth this beer is, but the hops can make consuming a lot of this tough.

Overall, a really smooth and tasty beer. The flvoar profile is not that drastically different from the regular Bastard except for a higher malt presence. The smoothness is the real highlight here. Just wish there was more dviation from the regular Bastard.

Photo of Andreji
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've much enjoyed Stone's offerings but this one, purchased at Whole Foods @ Union Square wasn't the best one so far- i believe it may just be me, unaccustomed to extreme tastes once more.

Pour is thick, opaque. oily at best, very manifest of how tough this one'll be to chug. very, very little head which off the bat fills the room with that burnt caramel feel. no prelude, no subtlety. it's out there.

Smell also has hoppy, herbal feel to it but it's masqued in the sweet alcohol feel.

Taste is definetly super-strong. a blend of an initial roast malty sweetness, very strong one mixed directly with tonnes of alcohol. not bad, but certainly strong, is topped off with an overtaking of the hops, in a formidable manner, practically anesthetising the tongue. pungent liquor feel at the nose, sort of like a very sweet rum. Which is why i rate this one low on drinkability. it's good, but one or two's enough. definetly.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Whole Foods on the east side of Santa Cruz, January 2010. I've had it the past three years but for some reason this is the first year I'm reviewing it. Chorizo and deep house music while I sample it.

A - Beautiful amber/red. This really deserves to be consumed in the sun, where the color really comes through.

S - Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. A bit sweet, not too much alcohol.

T - Lots of sweet malt, burnt sugar, nuttiness, and hops in the finish. Better as it warms, more character and depth. I keep thinking of caramels and for some reason it reminds me this year of a Snickers bar.

M - Perfect for this style. Carbonation is spot on, just the right amount of chewiness.

D - Amazing to me that I feel like I could drink 4 or 5 of these without an issue (although I doubt I could). The alcohol is well hidden and the blend of malt and hops only make me want more.

Overall it's just one more year that makes me wish this was a year-round release for Stone. Outstanding. DAMN, the spiciness of the chorizo only adds to the experience, this beer really held its own. I'm glad I have a few more of these for later.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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